That was before. They can't even dream of that anymore. Militarily they are spent. Millions of military age men ran for the hills. Already their demographic was crashing and with this war it is even worse for Ukraine too.Russia literally wants to write Ukraine's constitution. And they are using violence as a means of achieving that.
They EU achieved stealth economic violence because UK conservatives are prone to getting punked time and again. Who said the UK had to enforce an economic border anywhere? Let the EU do that in the English Channel. Let the UK enforce illegal immigration for real in the same channel.That is the same sovereignty issue you were bitching and moaning about with the EU and the UK. Except the EU never resorted to violence.